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If you missed my Instagram over the past week, I was in California visiting Lydia and her kiddos. Woo boy! It was a rough week, with the full moon and some cranky kids that were totally over their daddy’s deployment. Nonetheless, I had fun!! Well, until my flight home on Saturday. My airline carrier had been canceling hundreds of flights across the country all week, and I was terrified that I would be stranded at the airport for a long time or worse, overnight. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case, but I did pack some essentials into my carry-on backpack just in case!
-Cell phone and charger
First things first. I never travel without my cell phone in case of an emergency, even if I’m traveling internationally. It sounds simple, but you wouldn’t believe the mad dash I went through when I realized I left my cell phone on my kitchen counter as I walked out the door on my way to California.
-E-reader and charger
My husband got me an e-reader for my birthday and I’m an addict! I will forever love a good paperback, but e-readers are perfect for traveling because they are light yet you can fill them up with books. Perfect for curing travel boredom!
-Empty water bottle (not pictured)
If air travel makes you thirsty like it does me, this will definitely come in handy! Just fill it up at a water fountain past security.
I tend to keep tissues in my pocket, because you never know when the lavatory will run out of toilet paper. Also, the A/C on airplanes always give me a runny nose and no one wants to sit beside someone sniffling.
-Medicine (not pictured)
It seems like a no-brainer, but this is another essential I’ve almost left home without. If you have any prescriptions, bring those. If you’re prone to illnesses like motion sickness like I am, you can also bring those.
-Zipper storage bag of snacks, granola bars, etc. (not pictured)
After spending an entire day traveling on our way back from our honeymoon with no time to get food in the terminal, Andy and I learned our lesson after I got super hangry and sick from a lack of nutrition. From now on I pack a zipper storage bag of snacks like crackers. I was super thankful for my crackers this time around!
-Hairbrush and ponytail holders
I somehow always lose my ponytail holders, so I pack extra. Also, I bring a hairbrush because traveling does weird things to my hair.
-A change of clothes, preferably something comfy, and a sweater (not pictured)
You never know when you will have to spend the night in the airport or need a fresh change of clothes, especially if you’re traveling with kiddos who will inevitably spill something on you. The sweater is for the chilly airplanes.
-Valuables, such as laptop, digital camera, passport/driver’s license (not pictured)
I sound like a broken record with the number of “duh” things I’ve put on this list, but trust me…. someone will forget them! Anything valuable/irreplaceable should automatically go in your carry-on.
-Mini-bottle of contact solution, contacts case, and a pair of glasses
I wear contacts and sometimes an entire day of traveling will make my eyes irritated. I tend to switch to my glasses after about 12 hours of traveling.
-Toothbrush and mini-bottle of toothpaste
I hate brushing my teeth in public, but I hate the slimy feeling of un-brushed teeth even more! Again, this is something you’ll want if you’re stuck in the airport overnight.
I like to slip into the bathroom and freshen up when I arrive at my destination, so I’m always thankful I have this to smell fresh.
-Small bag of baby wipes
Like I said, I like to freshen up before I arrive at my destination, so I always wipe off my sweaty self with baby wipes. These are also perfect to wipe off the seatback tray table (do those ever get cleaned?!)
–Poise Bladder Support Products
It’s just a fact of life: due to the way our bodies are made, a large number of women struggle with incontinence or light bladder leakage, myself included. My biggest fear, especially when I’m traveling on a plane, is that I’m going to start leaking, but I don’t have to worry about it anymore thanks to Poise! The Poise Impressa Bladder Support is the first over-the-counter product cleared by the FDA for stress urinary incontinence. It helps to prevent leaks while still being flexible and comfortable. It’s inserted into the vagina to support the urethra and is easy to use. Or if pads are more your style, Poise Thin-Shape Moderate Absorbency Pads give you the absorbency of a pad but is 40% thinner. Their absorb-loc core quickly locks away wetness and odor. If there’s one item on this list I can recommend to women for traveling (especially women with weak bladders and a propensity to trickle at the most inopportune moments, like me), it’s Poise Bladder Support Products.